Don Cheadle denies having “replaced” Terrence Howard without warning as Rhodey

Iron Man 2, Don Cheadle denies having “replaced” without warning Terrence Howard in the role of James Rhodes in the MCU.

After the unexpected success of Iron Man (2008) by Jon Favreau, Terrence Howardinterpreter of Lieutenant colonel James “Rhodey” Rhodes aka War Machinewas replaced in the sequel and subsequent films Marvel Cinematic Universe from Don Cheadle due to his questionable behaviors on set and pressure from the former CEO of Marvel Entertainment Isaac “Ike” Perlmutter.

According to what has emerged over the years, the managers of the Marvel Studios never warned the actor’s representatives of the negative experience related to his conduct on the set of the first chapter and that his farewell to the sequel was mainly due to a communication problem and not only to the reduction of his remuneration. In 2013, in fact, the star of Empire he accused Robert Downey Jr. to have stolen his money, blaming it for being the main cause of his ouster from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

In a video posted on the channel YouTube Of GQ (later removed), Don Cheadle disputed reports that he replaced Terrence Howard as Rhodey without warning. When he was asked whether he replaced Howard without giving him prior noticeCheadle denied the allegations, explaining that at the time the part of James Rhodes was a vacant role:

GQ: “It is famously known online that you replaced Terrence Howard for the role of Rhodey…”

Cheadle: “Did I replace him? I didn’t take a role away from Terrence. It wasn’t… They decided that… It wasn’t happening ed it was a vacant part.”

We remember that Iron Man 2 (2010), written by Justin Theroux and directed by Jon Favreausee in the cast Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark/Iron Man), Gwyneth Paltrow (Pepper Potts) Don Cheadle (James “Rhodey” Rhodes/War Machine), Scarlett Johansson (Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow), Mickey Rourke (Ivan Vanko/Whiplash), Sam Rockwell (Justin Hammer), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury) e Jon Favreau (Happy Hogan).

This is the official synopsis:
After Tony Stark confesses to the world that he is the superhero Iron Man, a scientist linked in the past to the Stark family, Ivan Vanko, rages against him preparing a ruthless revenge. Our hero will also have to contend with the authorities, eager to appropriate his armor, and with the lethal effects of the palladium that powers it, aided by his irreplaceable assistant Pepper Pots and his new collaborator Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow who introduces, together with Nick Fury, the Avengers Project based on the mythical Marvel superheroes.

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